July 26, 2012

Grambling Nursing Students Successfully Pass Certifications

Grambling’s MSN grads maintain 100% pass rate on certification exams

GRAMBLING, La. –  Grambling State University’s 2011-2012 Master in Nursing (MSN) graduates have continued the tradition of 100% pass rate on the national certification exams.  This standard of excellence was established by Grambling’s first MSN graduating class of 1999.

“I am proud to say that our graduate program in nursing makes significant contribution to the health profession in the region,” said Rama Tunuguntla, Ph.D., interim dean of the university’s College of Professional Studies. “Our graduates applied themselves and we are proud of them. Our faculty produces top graduates and ensures that they pass their certification exams so that they can enter, what continues to be, a competitive profession.”

“I commend the faculty for their dedication in providing the necessary learning experiences for students, and the students for their hard work and commitment to become good healthcare professionals,” added Danita Potter, Ph.D., interim associate dean of the School of Nursing. “Our faculty work hard to challenge our students, making sure they build on their existing nursing knowledge and gain additional skills based on real-world practice.”

“We are very proud of this program of excellence,” added MSN Program Director Rhonda D. Hensley, Ed.D, APRN, BC. “Those in the nurse practitioner programs must complete the program plan of study, which includes a minimum of 700 clinical hours in a primary care health clinic during the course of their study time at GSU. When they receive their MSN diploma, they are eligible to take a national certification examination, which is required for them to achieve their advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license from the state.

“The national pass rate for the national certification exams is 73%. Since our MSN program began, we have maintained 100% pass rate for the first time writers of their national certification exams, usually through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.”

Hensley noted that once “the graduates complete the program and pass their national certification examination, they will receive their APRN license which allows them prescriptive authority in the state, and the privilege of practicing primary health care in a clinic.”

Both the BSN and MSN programs of the Betty E. Smith School of Nursing are accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The MSN program offers three areas of concentration, which consist of Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

Learn more about the school and the MSN program at http://www.gram.edu/academics/majors/professional%20studies/departments/nursing/

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